According to FEMA, a single inch of floodwater can cause $26,807 in damages. Beyond financial harm, floods can pose risks of mold and structural damage to your facility – not to mention risk the safety of your food. Climate instability has made many cities more vulnerable to flooding through hurricanes and rising sea levels, so it makes sense to take precautions to protect your structure and limit potential damage. A Modern Restaurant Management report advises that outdoors, operators keep gutters clean and ensure that downspouts and exterior walls direct water away from the building so it doesn’t pool and seep below the foundation. Inspect and maintain the roof and windows to prevent leaks. Finally, using water detection devices placed near sump pumps can alert you to moisture and the start of flooding before it becomes a disaster.
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